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Rated NR · 85 minutes · 2007

Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Nothing is too crazed, corny, or freakishly florid for writer-director Wisit Sasanatieng's debut. Together with cinematographer Nattawut Kittikhun, Sasanatieng dyed his images through digital post-production, pushing colors to impossible hues of eccentric radiance. Electrifying from frame one, the story opens with a blast of nuclear fuchsia in the shape of Rumpoey (Stella Malucchi), a well-to-do belle who awaits her bad-boy lover (Chartchai Ngamsan as Seua Dum) on a pagoda swamped in turquoise lily pads -- a Monet by Warhol. Staged against garishly artificial backdrops and expressionistic weather, full of silly talk and sillier mustaches, the film diagrams the tragic love triangle between Rumpoey, unhappily betrothed to a police captain (Arawat Ruangvuth), and Dum, her girlhood crush. The trajectory of these ill-starred lovers is narrated in flashback, as is the backstory of how Dum became the bandit "Black Tiger," complete with slo-mo Peckinpah massacres and symphonic Morriconean freakouts. One wit has dubbed the movie a "pad thai western." Obsolete by design, this singular stunt and shock to the cinematic system is of and beyond its own time.
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng
Writer: Wisit Sasanatieng
Producer: Nonzee Nimibutr
Cast: Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Arawat Ruangvuth, Suwinit Panjamawat, Sombat Metanee, Pairoj Jaisingha, Naiyana Sheewanun, Kanchit Kwanpracha and Chamloen Sridang

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